On 12/14/2021, at about 11:50 AM, Red Lake Department of Public Safety received a call for assistance from two ice-fishermen that had become stranded on the ice on the Red Lake Reservation. Red Lake Conservation Officers, Red Lake Police and Red Lake Fire responded to McKenzie's Landing where the fishermen had launched from.
Mutual Aid was requested from the Bemidji Fire Department when it became apparent there was a large amount of open water between the main body of ice and the ice that had drifted away.
David Berrard, age 62, and Wilfred Berrard, age 44, Father and Son, of Red Lake and Blaine, Minnesota, were rescued by emergency responders and were brought to shore without injury. They were very thankful for the rescue responders.
The Red Lake Department of Public Safety would like to thank the Bemidji Fire Department for their fast response to this rescue operation. We would also like to warn the public about the dangers of fishing on new ice with high winds.